Mark your calendar for September 14-17, 2017, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town. (Photo credit: John Valls)
Feast Portland highlights the culinary talent and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest along with internationally recognized chefs and food artisans. (Photo credit: John Valls)
At Saturday's Smoked! event, diners wander from pit to pit tasting prized BBQ bites. (Photo credit: John Valls)

Nobody sets the table for fall bounty like Oregon. And never has that table been quite so laden with deliciousness as it will be September 14-17, 2017, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town.

Now in its sixth year, Feast Portland highlights the culinary talent and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest along with internationally recognized chefs and food artisans. Called “the best food festival in the country” by Thrillist National, Feast has also been lauded by Zagat, Serious Eats, Fodor’s The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the New York Post and others. This year proceeds benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, with a focus on expanding school breakfast participation in the state.

Ready to take a bite out of Feast? You’ve got four days, 40 events and countless flavors to experience. Thursday kicks off with the Sandwich Invitational, where attendees get to help pick the coveted trophy winner. The next day, the Friday Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square offers the chance to taste the cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine and coffee that make Oregon famous. (A second Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday.) Sunday sees the return of the popular Brunch Village, billed as the “best boozy brunch” ever.

But that’s just a taster’s menu of what Feast Portland brings; there are hands-on classes, tasting panels and special dinners throughout the weekend. James Beard Award winners Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst MarketNaomi Pomeroy of Beast, finalists Gregory Gourdet of Departure and Cathy Whims of Nostrana, and a slew of first-rate out-of-state chefs are just the tip of the fork tine of talent at Feast Portland.

Most events sell out quick — foodies are on top of it — so be sure to grab tickets for the popular showstoppers like Thursday’s Sandwich Invitational, Friday’s Night Market, Saturday’s Smoked! and Sunday’s Brunch Village. Hone your palate with Drink Tank, immerse yourself in hands-on classes or simply sit back and relax at one of the themed Dinner Series events — whatever flavor you choose, you’ll be in good company.

Buy tickets at FeastPortland.com. Bon appetite!

Editor’s note: Flying in for Feast Portland? Book your flight on Alaska Airlines and get 10% off your ticket price. Details here.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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